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Why VR matters

Virtual Reality gear has been creating a big buzz for a while as pretty much everyone company tries to get their foot in the door. Personally, I haven't seen much in the VR world that makes me want to jump in but apparently there are good reasons to jump onboard. Medium has come up with some reasons why VR actually matters.

For the most part VR has only really invaded the world of games, where users are familiar with being disassociated with the point of view in a more omniscient way.

However, as the technology becomes more prevalent and accepted, which is happening as we speak with consumer headsets hitting a price point that most people can afford, there is a real opportunity for those willing to dive head first before the world recognizes that they couldn’t imagine a life with only this reality.

Lenovo @ CES 2013

We had the opportunity to meet with Lenovo at CES 2013 and see some of their newest products and this year they've got a bunch of new products that are very exciting.

One of Lenovo’s hottest sellers in the past few months has been their new IdeaPad Yoga series of convertible ultrabooks that gives you the best features of an Ultrabook and the best features of a tablet all in one package thanks to a foldable screen that can convert from a laptop to a tablet in seconds. Previously the Yoga 11 series of ultrabooks featured Nvidia Tegra CPU’s and Windows RT but Lenovo has now announced the new Yoga 11S which will be running 3rd generation Intel i5 and i7 CPUs with a full version of Windows 8. The Yoga 11S will be running up to a 256GB SSD and have up to 6 hours of battery life.

 

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Lenovo Yoga 11S
 

Another new product Lenovo was showing off was their brand new addition to the ThinkPad lineup, the ThinkPad Helix. The Helix is tablet with a detachable keyboard unit which gives you the ultimate tablet or a very portable laptop. The Helix is running up to a 3rd Gen Intel i7 CPU and a FHD (1920x1080) 11.6” screen with Windows 8 Pro for some great performance. The battery life of the Helix is 5 hours outside of the dock and an additional 5 hours (10 hours total) when docked. The Helix will also have 4G LTE capabilities to make this the ultimate portable device.

 

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ThinkPad Helix
 

Lenovo was also showcasing a full lineup of phones which are quite impressive, unfortunately at this time none of these are available in North American markets but we will keep our fingers crossed that someday they make an appearance over here. The biggest release from Lenovo in the cell phone category is the new  IdeaPhone K900. This phone features a 5.5” 400+ DPI screen (1080x1920) running a Dual-core Intel Z2580 CPU that uses the Android OS. Also included with the K900 is a 13MP camera with a F1.8 lens. The specifications are quite impressive and the polycarbonate unibody chassis is also pretty impressive which makes this phone perform just as well as it works and makes us wish that it would launch in North America.
 

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Lenovo IdeaPhone K900
 

One of the new products that Lenovo was proudly displaying is the brand new IdeaCentre Horizon which is the world’s first table PC which combines an all-in-one desktop PC with a design that allows you to lay the unit flat on a table and use it for multiplayer and touch enabled applications. The Horizon is the first device of this kind and thanks to some special accessories that include e-disk, a joystick, and striker, the Horizon can easily convert from being a full PC to a tabletop gaming device in seconds. This unit will feature 3rd Gen Intel processors and all the features of a high end PC including a FHD 1920x1080 touchscreen with 10 finger multitouch support. The Horizon is also portable thanks to a 2 hour battery that allows you to take it easily from your desk into the living room to show friends and family pictures or for a quick game of monopoly or other touch-enabled game. Check out our CES gallery for some pictures of the Horizon in action.
 

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Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon
 

Tt eSPORTS and Thermaltake at CES 2014

 

Kitty Mach from Thermaltake shows off their new eSPORTS products as well as some of the previous generation models to show how far they've come and where they are going. If you're a gamer, make sure you check out our CES 2014 coverage from Thermaltake as they have a lot of good products coming down the pipe.

 

 

In the clip below, Shannon talks to us from the Thermaltake suite about their newest cases as well as the digital power supply app and how well they've implemented this feature in their software.

 

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

 

Ford at 2014 Calgary International Auto & Truck Show

We spent some time last week at the Calgary International Auto and Truck Show and took a look at what Ford has to offer - as well as strolled the venue to see what is new or exciting (or really, really shiney). Take a look at the video below and see what they have coming down the pipe and what we can expect from BlackBerry as they make moves in this direction in the coming years.

 

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Nintendo's Next Gen to Use Free-Form Displays

Sharp has come up with some pretty cool technologies over the years and in fact the current 3DS uses a Sharp display to do the 3D magic. Well, Nintendo is a fan and Sharp's next awesome idea comes in many different shapes. "Free-Form" displays allow the panel to be cut to pretty much any shape to fit anywhere and will allow the next handheld device from Nintendo some freedom from the typical rectangle screen. It should be nifty. Stay tuned to E3 this year as it could be one of the highlights of the show.

Sharp's Free-Form Display technology is designed to allow for new shapes and sizes of screen, and the first client could be Nintendo. Japanese news agency Kyodo reports that the venerable video games company will be Sharp's first client for the LCD tech, which may be used in a new portable games console or the company's upcoming sleep-tracking device. According to one source, Nintendo is considering a doughnut-shaped screen with a hole in the middle.

Source: TheVerge

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